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New eBay fee structure kicks in today

By Chris Dawson September 4, 2013 - 8:15 am

Today is the day that eBay fees and shop subscriptions change. Whilst it’s hard to avoid paying eBay final value fees, you can make savings to insertion fees though selecting the correct shop level.

For the first time ever it’s financially worthwhile for sellers who mainly use the auction format to consider an eBay shop, to get discounts on their auction insertion fees.

Insertion Fees from 4th September 2013

Flat rate auction insertion fees
Anchor Shop fee reduced from £349.99 to £249.99
More free listings for Basic and Featured Shops

Shop Subscription

Monthly shop Fee

Free Fixed Price Listings

Additional Fixed Price Listings

Sub 99p Auction Fee

£1 and over Auction Fee

No Shop £0 0 30p 10p 30p
Basic Shop £19.99 200 10p 5p 15p
Featured Shop £59.99 1200 5p 5p 15p
Anchor Shop £249.99 Unlimited Included 5p 15p

If you only sell within the UK it should be pretty easy for you to figure out which level eBay shop to choose (, but at the time of writing it hasn’t yet been updated to the new fee structure). It’s when you come to listing overseas that the calculation becomes more complicated and it depends how many and which countries you wish to list it.

Suffice to say that if you currently subscribe to an Anchor shop you should seriously look at the benefits of a featured shop and figure out if you’re better off downgrading. It will of course depend on the eBay shop features that you use as well as how many listings you have on how many overseas sites. However you have to be a seriously big seller for a Featured shop not to work out pretty cost effective, even with the £100 they just lopped off the price of an Anchor shop.

Featured and Anchor Shop International Fixed Price Listing Fees

Shop Subscription

eBay Spain France and Italy

Rest of EU

eBay Australia

eBay.com/eBay.ca

Featured Free insertion fees eBay Switzerland 0.05CHF
eBay Poland 0.05PLN
All other eBay EU sites 0.05€
200 free listings 500 free listings
Anchor Free insertion fees Free insertion fees Free insertion fees 2500 free listings

Have you figured out which level eBay shop is best for your business? Are you going to be listing on overseas eBay sites, or are you one of those still only listing on eBay UK?

  • mw
    4 years ago

    Did you know the Final Value Fee only applies to new listings? Any old listings (pre 4.9.13) are charged FVF at the old rate. Apparently it’s charged based on the listing date according to the ebay live chat I’ve just been on.

    • 4 years ago

      :-|

      That would be bloody typical if true.

      Not sure I can face another Live Chat this week.

    • mw
      4 years ago

      To clarify, GTC items will rotate to the new final value fee when they auto re-list. So it’s a phasing thing. Any items listed pre 4.9.13 are final valued at the old rate until they are manually or automatically re-listed when the new rate is applied. Not sure about the post element with it as I got fed-up with the length of time to get an answe through Live Chat. It’s frustrating they could not say that in any of their announcements and I had to find out through a lengthy live chat.

    • 4 years ago

      Thanks.

      I’ll ask our accounts guy to confirm also, it’s fairly common for Live Chat agents to be singing from different hymn books.

  • Rich
    4 years ago

    I didn’t get anticipated benefits on cheaper international listings for featured shop. Small print I guess. Will try to find out.

  • 4 years ago

    MW was spot on with the advice.

    Just been charged £56.918631 FVF.

    Think I’ll end the lot at midnight, by breakfast they should all be back in the right place in Best Match.

    • 4 years ago

      Add £85.161131 to that.

      Slightly annoyed but not surprised. :D

    • 4 years ago

      Ouch – bet you can’t wait for those fee caps ;-)

    • 4 years ago

      We sure can’t.

      It’s not just the extra money on fee’s, its the offers you have to turn down because of the 10%, offers you would have taken in the past.

  • 4 years ago

    Loving these new fees. :-D

    Had an offer in last night of £1500 on an old listing, so I ended it, contacted the buyer and apologised for ending it by mistake, re listed it he offered again.

    FVF £34.78. Beautiful.

  • mw
    4 years ago

    We have just worked out that selling a 99p item on ebay with 99p post and paid via Paypal (an ebay company) costs an eye-watering 26.3% of the total selling price! This does not include the £60 shop fee. Ebay seems to pricing it’s way out of the market…

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